Assessments and Testing

Assessments and Testing

Welcome to the Assessment & Testing page.  Here you will find helpful dates and information about the different kinds of testing that happen for students over the course of their four years at Ballard.

Washington State requires all students to take and pass state tests in specific subjects like Math, Reading & Writing and Science in order to earn a high school diploma. These state tests take the form of End of Course exams and Smarter Balanced Assessments.

Also the Federal Government requires all 11th graders to take the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Math (MA) and English Language Arts (ELA) unless they passed the tests as 10th graders.  This is a Federal expectation of all juniors rather than a state graduation requirement.

And lastly, currently students have the opportunity to take College Board standardized assessments here at Ballard including the PSAT in the fall, the SAT in the spring and AP exams in May.

Contact Lisa Coacher the Academic Intervention Specialist at email:  ljcoacher@seattleschools.org or 206-252-1107 with any questions or concerns regarding testing at Ballard High School.


STATE EXAMS (SBA Math) - May 22, 23, 24, 25 2017

Please see the chart below (or the BHS online calendar) for the SBA in Math testing schedule for 10th & 11th graders May 22 – May 25 in the BHS Library. Each group of 90 students will take both parts of the SBA in Math in one three hour block of time.  Students in the PM group need to take 1st Lunch.

The groups are based by student last name. Students are expected to show up at the BHS Library during their assigned time.

10th graders in Algebra 2 or higher MUST take and pass this exam to meet the State Graduation requirements. They cannot earn a diploma from BHS without it. 10th graders not yet enrolled in Algebra 2 or higher will take the exam the spring of their 11th grade year.

All 11th graders must take the exam as part of the Federal Accountability requirement.

SBA Math Chart.  Also available on the online calendar.


Visit the SPS Smarter Balanced State Assessment Info page for more information.



EOC - June 2017

Algebra & Geometry

Biology

Additional information to follow.



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SAT Information - March 2017

SAT Test Results | All Juniors who took the March School Day SAT (3/1) will receive their scores via email on Tuesday, March 28th. Students will need to log onto their College Board account or will need to create an account at www.collegeboard.org if they don’t already have one in order to view their scores. They should be sure to use their legal name as used on official school documents. Using a "nickname" or shortening their name will prevent them from viewing their scores.

If students would like to learn more about how to understand their scores, get tips for preparing for the SAT or need assistance with their College Board account, they can come to the Ballard Counseling Center. BHS counselors are there to help.  Contact Kelly Flanagan, College Career Specialist at kkflanagan@seattleschools.org with any questions.

Students can also use Khan Academy to link their SAT scores to free, online test preparation at the Official SAT Practice site at www.khanacademy.org/sat 


The UW Women’s Center SAT Prep Course at the University of Washington is sponsoring a SAT Prep class series, preparing for the June SAT. The next series is May 4, 11, 18 from 5:30 to 8:30pm at Savery Hall Room 136. The cost is $150 (all materials are provided). Please contact the UW Women’s Center at http://depts.washington.edu/womenctr/programs/lifelonglearning/


SAT and ACT Additional Testing Dates

If students would like another opportunity to take the SAT after the free opportunity offered at Ballard on March 1, 2017, they must register themselves using their College Board access account.  
View the Registration and Test Dates schedule below for the 2016/17 School Year or visit collegeboard.org for additional SAT or actstudent.org for information on registering for the ACT Test.

For Test Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2017-18 visit these sites for the Collegeboard and the ACT Website. SAT and ACT Dates for 2016 - 2017 png

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PSAT Information - October 2016

Parents & Students: See below for helpful information on understanding student's PSAT scores or the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores and how students can use them to prepare for the SAT on March 1st for BHS Juniors.

Students received their score reports and original test booklets in their LA class.  11th graders also received an SAT student guide.  Running Start students need to pick up their information from the counseling office.  

PSAT Results were released online in Dec. Students who took the PSAT on Oct. 19th will need to log onto their College Board account or will need to create a account at www.collegeboard.org if they don’t already have one in order to view their scores. They should be sure to use their legal name as used on official school documents. Using a "nickname" or shortening their name will prevent them from viewing their scores. 

Check out collegeboard.org to get your scores. If you would like to learn more about how to understand your scores, get tips for preparing for the SAT or need assistance with your College Board account, come to the Ballard Counseling Center. BHS counselors are there to help.

SPS PSAT and SAT School-Day Information


PSAT Score Report Video | Understand your scores and how to link your test results with free Khan Academy® practice tests tailored just for you to prepare for the SAT. 

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AP EXAM Location & Time Schedule May 2017

Students please arrive at least 30 minutes before the time listed below.   The times listed are the times the AP Exam will start or visit the BHS Online Calendar.  Students arriving after the start of the exam will forfeit their exam.  

Please note: AP Spanish and AP Japanese exams are at Roosevelt High School 1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, 98115.  Students will need to provide their own transportation to Roosevelt High School and back to Ballard High School after the exam. 

AP Exam Schedule.  Also available on the online calendar.

AP Exam Important Instructions

Please Bring:

  • Student ID
  • Your AP Student Pack (This will be given to you at check-in for your first exam. Then it will be your responsibility it to bring to your next exams).
  • Two #2 pencils with erasers
  • A black or dark blue pen
  • A graphing calculator (Chemistry, Calculus AB and BC)
  • A 4 function with square root calculator (Biology)
  • Water and a snack
  • A sweatshirt or coat as the gym can run both cold and hot 

Please Do NOT Bring:

  • Your Cell Phone

The College Board has very strict rules about phones.  If your cell phone is seen or heard by any proctors during the test or even during the break, you will be dismissed from testing and your scores will be cancelled.  

Most 8:30 am exams should end between 12:00 - 12:30.  After the test, students are expected to attend their afternoon classes. Contact Lisa Coacher the Academic Intervention Specialist with any questions at ljcoacher@seattleschools.org or 206-252-1107.


AP Resources: Here is a link to the AP College Board Preparing for your AP Exams: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/preparing-for-exams



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Reference Information

How Did Your Student Do Last Year on State Exams?

 To find out how your student did on state testing last year, go to the Student Portal at the top of the website and log on to the Source.  On your student’s Source page, click on Assessments. View your student’s Smarter Balanced Assessment scores for English Language Arts (ELA) and MA on View State Assessment Scores link.  If your student took the Biology, Algebra or Geometry EOC, you can find their scores on the View End of Course Scores link.  

 


SBA in ELA & Math Information

All 11th graders are required by the Federal Government to take the SBA in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, unless they previously passed the test as 10th graders. lf Students would like to get familiar with the format of the Smarter Balanced Assessment they can go to the SBA Practice Test.

Practice Test Link Tips: Select "Take the Practice and Training Tests" icon.  Use "Guest Settings" on Sign In page.  Choose "Start ELA HS Training Test" for Language Arts and "Start Math HS Training Test" for Math.  On the "Choose Settings" prompt leave settings; click Select.

Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Resources


Informational Video Links

Understanding Your PSAT Scores: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzCSIilL3WQ

SAT Practice and Scores: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8f-jif9itg

How to Link Your College Board & Khan Academy PSAT Accounts: 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhfaw8w4G2w

Visit the SPS Assessment and Testing webpage

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